Dancers do labour and art at the same time. The exploration of ideas almost inevitably becomes an act of hardcore physical work. And harsh discipline and self critique are often present. Seeking labour, self inflicted hardship, for very little or no material gain, within a cultural world with big hierarchies at play… these things are dance. By renumeration and purely physical standards, dancers are working class through and through. And they are tough motherfuckers. It is a pleasure to work with them.
Hydra artists: Rachel Ogle and James Welsby, photo SF.